The northeastern corner of Arizona that includes much of the state's new 2nd Congressional District is again considered competitive in the Nov. 8 general election.
Arizona has nine congressional districts; Rep. Tom O'Halleran, D-Ariz., is in his third two-year term on Capitol Hill and is seeking reelection in the recently redrawn 2nd District.
The Arizona Independent Redistricting Commission finalized the state's new congressional district lines, changing Arizona's 1st Congressional District to the state's 2nd Congressional District.
The 2nd District remains mostly the same and is largely rural and includes Apache, Coconino, Graham, Greenlee and Navajo counties as well as parts of Gila, Maricopa, Mohave, Pima, Pinal and Yavapai counties.
Here are the major party candidates on the general election ballot in Arizona's 2nd District.
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Democratic candidate: Tom O'Halleran
O'Halleran, a relatively moderate Democrat, is the incumbent in the 2nd District. He won his seat in the 2016 elections, and won additional terms in 2018 and 2020.
On his campaign website, O'Halleran said he will "continue working across the aisle to find solutions to the challenges our communities face."
O'Halleran's website features a list of campaign issues, including a detailed job plan that highlights issues such as training and education on tribal lands, investing in education, supporting community colleges, and workforce development.
Other priorities cover modernizing taxes and giving Americans a "well-deserved raise." O'Halleran voted to raise the federal minimum wage to $15 an hour. Also included are fighting against privatizing Social Security and Medicare, ensuring veterans' benefits and health care, and supporting immigration reform to secure the border, keep families together and supporting the DREAM Act.
Before his congressional career, O'Halleran served in the Arizona Senate from 2006 to 2009 and in the Arizona House of Representatives between 2001 and 2006 as a Republican. He left the GOP in 2014.
Republican candidate: Eli Crane
Veteran and business owner Eli Crane aims to unseat O'Halleran.
Crane's campaign website describes him as "a faith oriented, family man and is pro-life, pro-Second Amendment, and unafraid to take a stand against cancel culture and the radical left."
The race is Crane's first time seeking public office. The issues listed on his campaign website include strengthening border laws and "empowering frontline agents and officers to enforce the laws ... and return illegal border crossers."
Crane's other top issues include strengthening the economy by fighting for lower taxes, fewer regulations and pro-growth policies. He wants to make voting more restrictive, in part through tougher ID requirements and by limiting mail-in balloting. Additionally, he favors more aid to veterans and the military, especially for counterintelligence.
Crane served in the U.S. Navy from 2001 to 2014 and created Bottle Breacher, a bottle opener company that he says employs and supports veterans.
This article originally appeared on Arizona Republic: Who is running for US House in Arizona's 2nd Congressional District